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Single Idea 15066

[catalogued under 27. Natural Reality / C. Space-Time / 2. Time / c. Tenseless (B) time]

Full Idea

B-theorists regard tensed sentences as incomplete expressions, implicitly containing an unfilled argument-place for the time at which they are to be evaluated.

Gist of Idea

B-theorists say tensed sentences have an unfilled argument-place for a time


Kit Fine (Necessity and Non-Existence [2005], 01)

Book Reference

Fine,Kit: 'Modality and Tense' [OUP 2005], p.322

A Reaction

To distinguish past from future it looks as if you would need two argument-places, not one. Then there are 'used to be' and 'had been' to evaluate.